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Before the holidays are too far gone, I want to share another Christmas monogram that I made at the end of 2018.

Christmas monogram for Nate and Dayna

This monogram is similar to other Christmas monograms that I’ve made– this time, I used silver cord to make the bow and added clear rhinestones, since I knew the recipient likes silver.

I used a brown wood frame (my favorite kind for monograms– I get them at Michaels).

Christmas monogram for Nate and Dayna

I like that it has a double mat that leaves room for lots of dimension.

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This monogram for a sweet baby girl of dear friends is a little bit different from my previous swirly ones.

floral "P" monogram

I decided to make a little bouquet of paper flowers in the center of the letter.  I added some ferny leaves and some viney leaves (technical botany terms, of course ;-)) to curve around the upper part of the “P” shape.

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The effect is quite dimensional, and I really love how it turned out!

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I have a list of projects that I’ve completed over the past few months to share here on the blog… I’ve been so busy crafting (and doing LOTS of other things, too, of course…) that I haven’t been very diligent in keeping up with my blog.  But in the next number of posts, I’ll be sharing some of those projects here.  

Back in April (wow, that was a while ago now!), I finished up this monogram for a lovely little baby girl I know.

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I designed the R with its swirls, and the baby’s lovely mama chose this color scheme.  Since she is a local friend, she also was able to choose her background pattern in person, which was fun.  I love those stripes!

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I love popping the letter up from the background using foam adhesive.  It just adds a little extra something that makes the monogram a bit more special!

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In September, I made a monogram for a sweet new baby I know!  Her mama chose some lovely colors for me to work with…

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No matter what I did, I couldn’t get the coral color to come out properly in the photos.  In real life, the colors are richer and more vibrant!

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After discussion background options with H’s mama, we decided upon the stripe background.  I love the addition of the warm, soft yellow!

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These two monograms are for some dear twin girls that will arrive soon!  I was so happy to be able to make them for their sweet mama, who is a good friend of mine–we go back to when we were both two years old!

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I’d never made a “C” monogram before, and when I finished with it, I decided to redesign my “A” so that it would coordinate better with its counterpart.

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My friend had requested this particular color scheme for the letters, and I knew the colors of her nursery to choose the background paper, which is a lovely silver pattern from a Making Memories wedding collection.

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The monograms are framed in my favorite double mat frames from Michaels (I had to search high and low for a pair of these white ones– Husband was awesome and picked them up when I put them on hold at a store close to where he works).

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These were made with much love and prayer.  Best wishes to you, my friend, and your sweet girls!  I am so happy for you!

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The 2015 holiday season was extremely busy for my shop!  Here are the rest of the ornaments I made last November and December.

I’m gearing up to reopen my shop on September 1 to make a limited number of ornaments for the 2016 season. All the information and details can be found on THIS PAGE.

Harvard University

Harvard University

Kansas University

Kansas University

University of Maryland

University of Maryland

University of Maryland Law

University of Maryland Law

Rutgers University

Rutgers University

University of Toronto

University of Toronto

University of Virginia

University of Virginia

University of Colorado at Boulder, Doctor of Music

University of Colorado at Boulder, Doctor of Music

University of Illinois

University of Illinois

University of Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma

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Even though it’s mid-January now, I still want to share some of the handmade items I created for Christmas gifts this year!

First, a Christmas monogram for my parents.  Last year, I made friends (who happen to have the same first letter of their last name!) a Christmas monogram, and my mom really admired it.  So I made her one as a surprise to go into the frame where her “rest-of-the-year” monogram goes.  I took this photo at the last minute when I was wrapping it, so the lighting is pretty yellowed.  The letter “H” is hand-cut from my template, and I added white dots with acrylic paint on a toothpick point.  I clustered die-cut pine pieces and holly leaves, then added some red rhinestones and a gold bow for a finishing, sparkly touch!

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another Christmas “H” monogram

The letter is lifted off of the background with foam adhesive, and I used some patterned paper from my beloved BasicGrey Nordic Holiday as a background.  It was a bit strong behind the monogram, so I toned it back by overlaying a piece of vellum.  The red border does not show when the monogram is inside the frame.

Since I was making one for my parents, and I had all the supplies out already…. I went right ahead and made one for myself! 😉  The photos of it are a bit better, since I didn’t have a gift exchange deadline, haha!  Again, the background paper is from BasicGrey, and the green mat doesn’t show when the monogram is framed.

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In addition to the monograms, I made a photo shadowbox for life-long family friends of ours.  They value photographs, and I wanted to make a special frame where they could keep a photo of themselves with our family.

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I love frames with 3-D elements, so I embellished the photo with a few dimensional items.  I made the flower from a Studio Calico FabRip strip, and added some die-cut leaves and wooden buttons from my button jar.  The sentiment tag is from Jillibean Soup, and I finished off each cluster with a curl of paper and some trinket pins from Maya Road.  (I had to add just a tiny bit of sparkle!).  I mounted everything on some patterned kraft paper, and I think it makes the photo stand out nicely.

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The photo I had was from a year ago, and I wanted our friends to be able to switch it out for a new one.  Hidden behind each of the embellishment clusters is a large photo corner, and those corners are the only things holding the photo in place.  I made sure to take a group photo of our family with them this year when we exchanged gifts, and I’m going to mail them a print so they can insert the new photo!

 

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Stay tuned for more handmade Christmas gifts!

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